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Entertainment Joker director: 'Woke culture' makes comedies too difficult

18:20  02 october  2019
18:20  02 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Todd Phillips, director of the much-hyped Joker film, has said he moved away from comedies because they are now too difficult to make with today's " woke culture ". Set in 1981, Joker follows failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who turns to a life of crime in Gotham City.

“ Joker ” director Todd Phillips explained why he broke away from making comedies to do more Director Todd Phillips, left, holds the Golden Lion for Best Film for " Joker ," joined by lead actor Whatever issues you may have. It’s too easy for us and I felt like, yeah, we should explore this villain.

Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix are posing for a picture: Joker director and co-writer Todd Phillips (left) and star Joaquin Phoenix © Getty Joker director and co-writer Todd Phillips (left) and star Joaquin Phoenix Todd Phillips, director of the much-hyped Joker film, has said he moved away from comedies because they are now too difficult to make with today's "woke culture".

Before the Batman villain's origins story, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and is released in the UK this week, Phillips's best known work included films such as Old School, Road Trip, Due Date and The Hangover trilogy.

Set in 1981, Joker follows failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who turns to a life of crime in Gotham City.

In an interview alongside Phoenix for Vanity Fair, Phillips said he chose the story because he had become wary of making what the US magazine described as "irreverent bro humour".

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On the latest episode of his podcast, comedian Marc Maron respectfully disagreed with recent complaints by “ Joker ” director Todd Phillips that “ woke culture ” has essentially killed comedy . “The only thing that’s off the table culturally at this juncture,” Maron told listeners, “is shamelessly punching.

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"Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture," he said. "There were articles written about why comedies don't work anymore - I'll tell you why, because all the f****** funny guys are like, 'f*** this sh*t, because I don't want to offend you'."

Phillips said he did not want to have to argue "with 30 million people on Twitter".

"You just can't do it, right? So you just go, 'I'm out'. I'm out, and you know what? With all my comedies - I think that what comedies in general all have in common - is they're irreverent. So I go, 'how do I do something irreverent, but f*** comedy? Oh I know, let's take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this'."

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Despite the intention to move away from controversy on social media, Joker has done anything but.

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What Phillips called " woke culture " - a pathological eagerness to avoid insensitivity that weaponizes the worst excesses of political correctness - has made comedy all but impossible because it has made the cost of failure too high. A single failed joke can cost a comedian their livelihood if it offends the

There is plenty of Oscar buzz around the film already, with widespread critical acclaim for Joaquin Phoenix's performance and the top prize at Venice Film Festival, but it is also facing accusations of glorifying violence.

Family members of the victims of a 2012 mass shooting inside a US cinema, where the killer reportedly identified as the Joker, signed a letter to producers Warner Bros, expressing concerns about the film.

Warner Bros responded, saying: "Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.

"It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero."

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency, Phillips said he was "not shy" about discussing the scrutiny, but that he wants people to see the film before drawing conclusions.

"It's a little troubling when people write think pieces without having seen it," he said. "And even in their think pieces write, 'I don't need to see it to know what it is'.

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In the words of Leslie Knope, " Woke Culture means nothing." Joker director Todd Phillips. Phillips is basically stating that he found comedies difficult to make because of this mysterious “ woke ” culture . In a lengthy quote that basically sounds a lot like crying because someone probably told him

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a man talking on a cell phone: Phoenix plays failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the Joker © Other Phoenix plays failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the Joker "I find it astounding, to be quite frank, how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. To that point, I've been disappointed."

Phillips said he hopes the film inspires conversations about violence and about the treatment of people with mental illness.

"Part of the reason we made the movie is a response to the comic book world of movies," he said.

"Like, 'Why is this celebrated? Why is this funny? Why is this fun? What are the real-world implications of violence?'"

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